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Urban Design Protocol notches up 150 signatories

7 March 2008 Media Statement

Urban Design Protocol notches up 150 signatories

Hutt City Council today became the 150th signatory to the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol, Environment Minister and Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard said.

The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol is a government initiative which aims to improve urban design through voluntary signatory initiatives and help cities become successful places for people. It increases awareness of quality urban design and its value to the community and recognises that it is an essential component of a successful city or town.

By providing the tools, actions and experiences and a commitment to quality urban design, the Urban Design Protocol calls for a change in the way we think about our towns and cities.

"The Labour-led government believes New Zealand could become the first truly sustainable nation, and the design of our towns and cities are crucial to assisting with this. The signatories to the New Zealand Urban Design Protocol are helping to address pressures on the environment through better urban design," Trevor Mallard said.

"Quality urban design creates more cities that are easier to walk around and can encourage people to undertake physical exercise and use cars less, creating health and savings benefits and addressing climate change.
"These improvements also reduce our environmental footprint, improve quality of life, and increase productivity. Good urban design also respects and supports the local character and culture of an area," Trevor Mallard said.

"I commend Hutt City for becoming the 150th signatory to the Protocol. This is exciting for the community who will benefit from the council’s understanding of the social, environmental, health and economic benefits of good urban design.

"I welcome Mayor David Ogden, Councillor Deborah Hislop and Councillor Ross Jamieson as new urban design champions and look forward to seeing the great results a new urban design strategy will bring to Hutt City.

"The plan to form a combined transport strategy to coordinate walking, cycling and public transport aims to improve social, economic, environmental and cultural experiences and help to create a sustainable city.

The Urban Design Protocol has been recently updated with new tools and resources. The Ministry for the Environment will be publishing a new set of urban design case studies aimed at local government this year.
For more information about the Urban Design Protocol visit: www.mfe.govt.nz/urban.

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